24 October 2016
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    24/10/2016 - VATICAN - CHINA

    The ordination will take place on November 10 in the Cathedral. The bishop had been appointed by the Holy See at least two years ago. But he was waiting for the green light from Beijing. Similar situation in Chengdu. Fears for the presence of excommunicated bishops. Reconciliation between illegitimate and official bishops is not brought about by political gestures, but depends on personal and canonical procedures. A meeting between the Chinese delegation and the Vatican is not "imminent".


    by Bernardo Cervellera

    24/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Do not live by the rigidity of the law, but meekness, kindness, and forgiveness which are gifts from God

    "There is always something hidden behind the rigidity, in many cases a double life; but there is also some sort  of illness. How the rigid suffer: when they are sincere and they realize this, they suffer! Because they fail to have the freedom of God's children. They do not know how to walk according to the law of the Lord and they are not blessed."

    24/10/2016 - SYRIA

    As ceasefire expires, fighting renewed in Aleppo. US accuses Damascus of using chemical weapons

    The Syrian army has hit the rebel-controlled eastern sector. In response militants they have launched rockets and missiles against the western district. At least 20 militants died in the clashes. According to Washington, "the Damascus regime" is still "combatant" and violates the provisions of the UN Security Council.


    24/10/2016 - FRANCE

    Evacuation of migrants from Calais 'Jungle' begins

    Over a thousand police deployed to remove between 6-8 thousand refugees. Most of them are from Afghanistan, Sudan and Eritrea. Calais residents complain of lack of security and failing businesses. It's the fourth time that the campsite near the port has been evacuated.


    23/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: the cruelty of those who kill children in Iraq “makes us weep”

    "Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that have been committed for far too long against innocent citizens, be they Muslim, Christian or members of other ethnic groups and religions."  World Mission Day “is time of courage”.

    22/10/2016 - VATICAN

    For pope, dialogue is "an expression of the great need for God's love"

    About 100,000 people gathered today for Pope Francis’ jubilee audience on how dialogue “breaks down the walls of divisions and misunderstandings, builds bridges of communication, and does not allow anyone to turn inward into his or her own world” but “invites us to stand before others seeing them as a gift of God”. “The Church too lives of dialogue with the men and women of every age, to understand the needs that are at the heart of every person and contribute to achieving the common good.”

    22/10/2016 - SAUDI ARABIA

    Young female music students need male guardians in Jeddah

    Girls and young women who want to attend one of the city's music clubs require the approval of their father or legal guardian. This comes after some parents protested. More and more girls enrol to learn to play the piano, organ or guitar without their parents’ knowledge.

    22/10/2016 - IRAQ

    With Mosul besieged, Islamic State attacks Kirkuk, causing deaths and taking hostages

    Islamic State fighters have attacked the city, hitting government buildings and a power plant under construction. Worshippers have been taken hostage in a mosque. The Islamic State’s response to the Mosul offensive is to open a new battlefront.

    21/10/2016 - YEMEN - UN

    Riyadh accuses the Houthis of violations of the ceasefire in Yemen

    The Shiite rebels reported to have carried out "at least 43" violations of the truce in force since yesterday. Houthi response: a Saudi air raid killed three civilians in Saada. Despite violence, UN diplomacy is hoping for an extension of the ceasefire. 80% of the population need humanitarian aid.

    21/10/2016 - NEPAL - AFGHANISTAN

    Kathmandu withdraws ban on work permits in Afghanistan

    Permits withdrawn following an attack in Kabul, in which 13 Nepalese died. The workers can only be employed in diplomatic missions or international companies. The ban remains in force for war zones. The migrants send money home contributing to 30% of the national GDP.  

    21/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: Humility, gentleness and patience to build unity in the Church

    "A large heart, there is room for everybody. And this creates the bond of peace; this is the worthy manner in which to behave to create the bond of peace which is the creator of unity."

    21/10/2016 - LEBANON

    Saad Hariri to back Michel Aoun for presidency

    This is a last resort “to protect Lebanon, the political system, the State and people” on the condition of dissociating Lebanon “from the Syrian crisis”. Some Sunni lawmakers are against the deal, but Nabih Berri (Amal) is the most critical. Still, chances are good for an election on 31 October.

    21/10/2016 - SYRIA – IRAQ

    Jihadi leaders flee Aleppo as well as Mosul towards strongholds of Raqqa and Idlib

    Despite truce, ex al-Nusra Front shells western Aleppo, killing a girl. Turkish air force strikes north of the city, killing 150 civilians, an "unjustified massacre" for Syrian media. Islamic State leaders flee Aleppo, raising questions and doubts about how they are escaping. Some reports indicate that US and Russia have agreed on splitting Aleppo and Mosul.

    20/10/2016 - ISRAEL – PALESTINE

    For B'Tselem spokesman, Israeli occupation and international inertia are obstacles to peace

    The Israeli government and pacifist and anti-occupation NGOs are currently at loggerheads because of a controversial intervention by B’tselem at the UN. Gilutz calls for action by the international community to stop the expansion of Israeli settlements. Israel’s current government does not view the occupation as temporary and shows no inkling to stop it.

    20/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: To really know Jesus we need to pray, worship and recognize our sins

    It’s not enough to read the Gospel and study the catechism.  We have to be like St. Paul and "plunge" into the "immense sea that is the person of Christ."

    20/10/2016 - SYRIA

    Truce in Aleppo, Moscow extends three-hour "humanitarian pause"

    The goal is to secure a corridor in the eastern sector for civilians and militiamen who wish to leave the war. Six "safe" corridors set up to evacuate the civilians, particularly the elderly and injured. Two other corridors reserved for the armed fighters. The standoff between Moscow and the West continues.

    19/10/2016 - HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN

    On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"

    by John Mok Chit Wai

    19/10/2016 - IRAN - UNITED STATES

    Tehran frees Protestant pastor sentenced for crimes against the state

    Behnam Irani served a six year sentence in prison. While in jail he suffered abuse and mistreatment. An American entrepreneur of Iranian origin sentenced to 10 years. According to the indictment he "collaborated" with Washington.

    19/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: "Our relationship with God passes through giving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty"

    "It is necessary to cultivate a public conscience that preserves food and access to water as universal rights of all human beings, without distinction or discrimination". "One of the consequences of the so-called 'wellbeing' is to lead people to withdraw into themselves, making them insensitive to the needs of others."

    19/10/2016 - IRAQ

    Anti-Isis Iraqis marked and executed in Mosul

    To express their opposition, some Mosul residents wrote word "M" ( "Muqawamah", resistance) on the city’s walls.  Those discovered were immediately sentenced to death without trial. The militiamen fleeing the besieged city, are headed to Raqqa and Deir Ez Zor in Syria, thanks to the Turkish army protection. A new map of Turkey encompasses the northern Syria, Mosul, Erbil, Kirkuk and part of Armenia. From Saudi Arabia and Qatar a hashtag: "Mosul is annihilated". The hashtag of the Iraqi government: "Mosul is liberated”.


    19/10/2016 - IRAQ

    Chaldean Patriarch: May Iraq find peace and unity with the liberation of Mosul

    by Louis Raphael Sako*

    The Christians of Qaraqosh, on the Nineveh Plain, celebrate the liberation of their town with Masses of thanksgiving, dancing and singing. Now in its third day, the Iraqi army and Peshmerga continues the offensive towards Mosul. The Islamic State use civilians as human shields. Mar Sako urges Iraqis to work for the birth of a "genuine and civil democracy".


    18/10/2016 - VATICAN-ASIA

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    by Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."

    18/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: The shepherd who follows Jesus, although abandoned by everyone, always has the Lord by his side

    At the end of their lives apostles, prophets and martyrs experienced loneliness, difficulties, they were stripped, abandoned, but the Lord remained by their side. "Pray for the pastors who are at the end of their lives and who are waiting for the Lord to take them with Him."

    18/10/2016 - YEMEN - UN

    Conflict in Yemen: UN announces a 72 hour ceasefire

    Cessation of hostilities begins 23.50 on October 19. Possible "renewal" in following days. The parties involved in the war have ensured compliance with the agreement. The objective is to avoid "further bloodshed" and encourage "the delivery of humanitarian aid."

    18/10/2016 - IRAQ

    Army and Peshmerga advance towards Mosul. UN fears civilians being used as human shields

    Offensive continues to wrest the northern Iraqi metropolis from Islamic State. Kurdish militias have taken control of some villages in the Nineveh plain. Pentagon: conquest of the city" will take time". EU warns: the fleeing jihadists could fall back to the shores of Europe.


    18/10/2016 - ISLAM – FRANCE

    How to stop radical Islam in France

    by Hocine Drouiche

    As terror attacks multiply, it is no longer enough to say that “they have nothing to do with Islam” or that “Islam is peace". What is needed is reform within Islam to reconcile faith and reason, spirituality and the values of secularism, freedom, and equality. The imam of Nîmes, vice president of the Conference of Imams of France has some proposals to erase fear and establish the coexistence of Muslims in Europe.

    17/10/2016 - JORDAN – VATICAN

    For Card Sandri, Moses Memorial in Jordan is a place of mercy and interreligious dialogue

    The pope’s special envoy led the reopening ceremony at the Mount Nebo site. He expressed hope for peace for young generations in the Middle East through “reciprocal competition of charity”. The shrine is a place to experience peace and coexistence. He appealed for an “ecumenical journey among the Churches" in the East where " schisms took place”.

    17/10/2016 - SYRIA - TURKEY

    Syrian rebels and Turkish army wrest Dabiq from the Islamic State

    Ground troops and Ankara’s air raids favored the conquest of the town on the Turkish-Syrian border. The enormous symbolic value of Dabiq for jihadists. According to the Sunni tradition it is the site of the final battle between good and evil. Standoff between Moscow and the West continues. United States and Britain threaten new economic sanctions against Moscow and Damascus.


    17/10/2016 - IRAQ

    Offensive for recapture of Mosul begins

    In a speech to the nation, Prime Minister al-Abadi said that "the hour of victory" against Daesh has "arrived." Only government and police forces will enter the city, once freed. At least 25 thousand soldiers participating in the operation. The risk of a new sectarian conflict. The United Nations express "extreme concern" about the fate of the 1.5 million inhabitants.

    16/10/2016 - VATICAN

    Pope: saints, men and women who struggle with prayer

    At the Mass in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints from Europe and Latin America and Central Europe. Among these two martyrs,"Dear Brochero", dear to the pope, and the Carmelite Elizabeth of the Trinity. " To pray is not to take refuge in an ideal world, nor to escape into a false, selfish sense of calm. On the contrary, to pray is to struggle, but also to let the Holy Spirit pray within us". World Day against Poverty.

    15/10/2016 - INDIA - VATICAN

    Indian Jesuit: Fr. Arturo Sosa is the new Superior General, from the peripheries of the world and attentive to social

    by Keith D’Souza*

    Yesterday the General Congregation elected the Venezuelan p. Arturo Sosa Abascal to guide the Society of Jesus. As the Pope, he is a native of South America. Combine theological reflection with social issues. The vast experience of government “useful” in a context which is increasingly "globalized."


    Editor's choices

    On “Hong Kong sectors” supposedly "against Francis"

    John Mok Chit Wai

    A scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who collaborates with AsiaNews, responds to accusations against the agency and people in Hong Kong with respect to criticism of the Vatican’s diplomatic approach towards China. Religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a universal value, whether in China, Russia or the Middle East. Between "Right" and "Left", China defines itself as left, yet it practices state capitalism and unfettered capitalism just as "right-wing governments" do. Gaudium et Spes calls on the faithful to engage in politics against the "arbitrary domination by [. . .] a political party,” like in China.

    The "enemies" of Pope Francis

    Bernardo Cervellera

    The charge made against AsiaNews that we are against the Pope and in favor of Putin, is an opportunity to outline what motivates our commitment to evangelization. And also to ask for greater professionalism from those who write about the Pope. The Pope does not need public defenders. Facilitating dialogue between "conservatives" and "progressives" to realize the Council and concern ourselves with the world so that it encounters Jesus Christ. Christ’s “enemies” were also his "friends."


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